The Watson Letters – Volume 5 – Murder on Mystery Island – Book Review by LittleTinkablee

*This post was originally meant to be out yesterday but due to problems with first my blog and then my laptop it’s come out a day later than anticipated and I do sincerely apologise for that*

I’m so excited to announce that I am taking part in ‘The Watson Letters – Murder on Mystery Island – Volume 5’ Blog Tour. Book written by the incredible Colin Garrow and hosted by the amazing @damppebbles.

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Blurb


Intrepid Investigators Holmes and Watson continue their fight against crime in a not quite post-Victorian, steampunk parallel universe.

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The Watson Letters Vol 5 Murder on Mystery Island KDP Paperback COVER JULY 2019 EBOOK

When consumptive Doctor Edward Armstrong turns up at Baker Street with an invitation to visit a mysterious island, Sherlock Holmes smells a rt. Sounding deviously similar to the plot of recent novel by celebrated lady author Mrs Christie, Holmes decides to send his inveterate side-kick Watson to the island, along with the Doctor’s lovely, but wonky-eyed wife, Mary, and a well-known Scotland Yard detective. Taking Armstrong’s place, the team determine to find out exactly what’s going on, but before they’ve even left the mainland, one of the guests is murdered.

Adult Humour throughout.

My Review


Despite this being the first book I’ve read in this series I had no problem reading it as a stand-alone story.

I also want to start this off by giving my 5/5 Stars at the beginning of this review.

A group of unrelated guests are all invited to stay on a remote Island. A serious but witty Dr Watson and his equally witty and hilarious wife, Mary, agree to join in the hopes of figuring out what was really going on. They set off on a new adventure to this mystery Island in the hopes of solving the big mystery plaguing everyone. With everyone being a potential suspect tension starts rising high as victims are picked off one by one.

A mix of the classic Sherlock Holmes and Watson mysteries with Agatha Christine, along with Watson’s wife Mary and a whole host of suspicious characters .

This amazing spoof take on the famous Sherlock Holmes, tales is set in a parallel universe with an incredible take on the original characters, weaving a complete new layer onto them with fantastic results.

Murder on Mystery Island is the 5th instalment in ‘ The Watson Letter’s series’ written by author Colin Garrow.

Holmes, Watson and Lestrade all make an appearance along with the humorous Mary Watson and a few other intriguing characters.

‘You do realise,’ said Mary, flicking through a copy of Detective Monthly, ‘We shall be horribly murdered?’

‘I should have thought that horribly was the only way to be murdered,’ I said, giving her a playful wink.

Murder on Mystery Island – The Watson Letters – Volume 5

Murder on Mystery Island races at a breakneck speed with many interesting twists and turns that will leaving your gripping the end of your seat the more you read. This was truly a deliciously funny and suspenseful read, a classic to its core.

My thought’s


This is the first book I have read by this author and in this series and honestly I can’t wait to read the other’s, I’ve already added them to my TBR list!

I absolutely LOVE Sherlock, I think I have seen every film and every TV series to do with the phenomenal Sherlock Holmes, and yet I have never indulged in a Sherlock Holmes novel. Lucky for me though I was present with an incredible opportunity of doing just that through this amazing blog tour!

If you love pure silliness, Adult witty humour, murder, mystery, with modern (ish) pop culture references and you love crime solving and fart-gags with lots of innuendo then this is right up your ally!

Murder on Mystery Island left me laughing from start to finish as well as eager to read the previous books written in this phenomenal series. So what are you waiting for? Why not check it out now!

Purchase Links


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Publishing Information:
Published in paperback and ebook formats on 7th October 2019.

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About the Author


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Author -Colin Garrow

True-born Geordie Colin Garrow grew up in a former mining town in Northumberland and has worked in a plethora of professions including taxi driver, antiques dealer, drama facilitator, theatre director and fish processor, and has occasionally masqueraded as a pirate.

Colin has published three stage plays, six adventures for middle grade readers, two books of short stories, the Watson Letters series and the Terry Bell Mysteries.

His short stories have appeared in several literary mags, including: SN Review, Flash Fiction Magazine, The Grind, A3 Review, Inkapture and Scribble Magazine.

These days he lives in a humble cottage in North East Scotland where he writes novels, stories. poems and the occasional song.

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The Watson Letters Vol 5 – Murder on Mystery Island banner – Blog Tour 2019

Thank you so much for taking the time to read my review and I hope this has intrigued you enough to buy your own copy, Until next time!

The Anxiety Journal

I have lived and suffered from anxiety for what feels to me, to be my whole life, though realistically I’d say I’ve suffered for a good portion of my life from anxiety

I only really noticed my problem when I was around 13-14 years old and found it incredibly difficult to bring myself to school most days. I would be hit with such a strong and intense sense of dread that I would often skip school just to avoid feel that, though with ditching school came a whole new way of different emotions and anxiety. I found it easier to walk the streets alone on my own than I did to attend school.

Back then I didn’t even know what anxiety was, I hadn’t even heard of it to be perfectly honest with you, it wasn’t until I was diagnosed with Anxiety that I even found out what it was. Before that I just felt as though I wasn’t normal, that there was something incredibly wrong with me to be feeling the way I felt. As well as anxiety I was tackling other things at the time too, but I’ll get into them in a later post.

Due to my lack of knowledge and ways to help myself for a long while I suffered in silence, not opening up to a single soul the real thoughts and feeling bursting inside of me. But more than that I have allowed it to over-rule and take over my life to the point where my anxiety dictated every move I made, every decision presented to me, every (platonic) relationship I have ever tried to up hold. The only person my problems haven’t managed to to lose is my boyfriend and really, really close family. Everyone else I tend to lose contact with or fall out of touch with.

In my bid to change my life for the better and healthier, this year I have become almost obsessed with searching/finding self-help techniques, tips and tricks that I can apply to my day to day life. After discovering what anxiety was I had started to do a little research on the topic where I can across a few techniques that can help but not many as that wasn’t my goal for research back then.

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Now that I have been actively searching new and different ways to help me cope and hopefully one day overcome my overwhelming anxiety. In my search for these self-help ‘remedies’ I came across Corinne Sweet’s book called ‘The Anxiety Journal’ that I instantly purchased from Amazon for as little as £6.62 in July 2019.

The Anxiety Journal – My review

I have happily given Corinne Sweet’s Anxiety Journal a 4/5 star review.

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I couldn’t really fault this journal, even if I had wanted to (Which I don’t).

I love the cover design and calming blue colour that it’s decorated in. More than the front cover of this journal I also fell in love with all of the simple yet beautiful, effective illustrations that are accompanied by a few insightful and motivational quotes (and if there’s one thing I love, it’s quotes!) so I was pleasantly surprised and happy when coming across some of these quotes.

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The Anxiety Journal by Corinne Sweet – review by Littletinkablee

‘You’re anxiety and fears are not you and… They do not have to rule your life.’

JON KABAT-ZINN

Other than the beautiful illustrations and insightful quotes this journal also holds very helpful, hands on exercises/information.

The Anxiety Journal opens up to an introduction page that very easily and quickly explains what to expect from reading this journal and the ways this journal can help you understand more about anxiety and how it affects the human mind AND body.

The Anxiety Journal also holds a lot of information regarding Anxiety, things that could possibly trigger anxiety and goes further into more details as you progress through the book, even going as far as to explaining how anxiety is linked to panic and panic attacks and possible activities you can do when in moments of an anxiety or panic attack. There are even lined pages where you can jot down your own thoughts and answer some of the questions that the journal asks.

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As well as providing useful information and helpful activity exercises, The Anxiety Journal also offers a list of possible symptoms you may experience when experiencing a moment of anxiety and points out the possible triggers that may have kick started your anxiety off.

Corinne explains to use why it is important to accepting what is and the importance of learning to accept what’s to be.

‘It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.’

by: Seneca

Corrine also ventures into the topic of CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) which I’ll discuss more on in a future post but I found what she had to say and the information provided to be extremely interesting and set me on a research frenzy.

This was the first book I have picked up, written by Corinne Sweet and I intend on buying and reading her book ‘The mindfulness Journal’ that I’ve heard so many good things about since coming across this author.

The Anxiety Journal has helped me gain a better sense of myself, of the emotions that courses through my body when my anxiety attacks and has helped me find little tips and tricks to help me be more in the present moment and not stuck in the past or hell bent on worry about the future.

This book is incredibly educational, helpful and just full of so many different resources that you can apply to your own daily lives that I find myself going back and forth in the book even to this day. It’s not just a one time read but something that you can open and read through time and time again and see things from a different prospective. I find it incredibly useful to be able to look back and see the little differences in myself since purchasing The Anxiety Journal and applying some of these useful techniques to my day to day life.

Over all, If you suffer from anxiety of any level, no matter how high or low it is then I would 100% recommend this book to you.
If you suffer from panic attacks or have PTSD then I believe that -although this won’t solve all your problems – it can help you through a few difficult moments in your life as anxiety, panic and PTSD are all liked together in some way.

I hope you have enjoyed my long over-due review of Corinne Sweet book ‘The Anxiety Journal’ and if you would like to purchase your very own, then simply CLICK HERE.

Untouchable (Haven Falls series) by Sheridan Anne

Blurb


It’s official…

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Unforgettable – (Haven Falls series) by Sheridan Anne. Book review by Littletinkablee

I’m the biggest loser in Haven Falls… FML!
Things couldn’t possibly get worse from here.
Everyone leaves me. My mom, my friends…
Kaylah. It’s like the curse of Henley Bronx.
Forever alone, and that’s no exaggeration.
I’m all I’ve got in this world. Just me, myself, and I…
and my goldfish, frog.
Who would have thought that throwing a bowl
of spaghetti-Bolognese all over the school bad
boy would change it all? I sure as hell didn’t.
If anything, I was expecting a very different outcome.
Noah Cage. What can I say? He’s the pack leader. He stormed in, tattooed up with muscles for days, desperate to prove he’s not like the rest.
He saved me while sweeping me right off my feet, but really… I think I saved him too.
He wormed his way in and brought love, happiness, and friendship with him and now the thought of losing him tears me apart, but if my track record is anything to go by, he’ll leave me, just like everyone else. It’s inevitable.
I’d give anything for Noah Cage to prove me wrong.

Will ‘Henley Bronx curse’return once again to take away my only happiness or do I finally have what it takes to turn this bad boy my way?

My Review


I want to start this review off with a 3/5 stars.

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Untouchable is the first instalment in the ‘Haven Falls series’ written by author of Brooklyn Hill High series, Sheridan Anne. This novel is a YA (Young Adult) and New Adult romance filled with a few funny moments, teenage angst and of course lots of drama!

This book has been recommended for mature readers due to curse words and sexual content, however, I believe that this could be read by slightly less mature readers as the ‘sexual content’ in this first book just seems to be a lot of heavy petting and the curse words are no worse than what you hear kids saying these days, I don’t believe they will read anything they don’t already say or known. Although I do have to say the over use of curse words gets a little annoying and frustrating, making the writing come across as a little immature.

This is the first book and series that I have read by Sheridan Anne and I have every intentions of reading her first book series ‘Brooklyn Hill High’ due to the ‘Haven Falls series’ having across over characters from the first series Brooklyn Hill High.

Untouchable is a fast-paced read,

After reading this series I have to say that I am curious to read Sheridan’s first series and slightly disappointed in myself for not having seen and read the Brooklyn Hill high series first. But I hope to remedy that before the end of this year.


Broken. Lost. Forgettable. A loser.

These are just a few words Henley would use to describe herself. Living a life where everyone around her abandons her, it’s hard to believe anything other than that.

Although she has her father whom her mother abandoned her to when she was young -leaving her lost, confused and angry at the world around her as well as with a few abandonment issues. Due to this they have developed a (In, Henley’s words) “efffed up relationship,” that seemed to work. This relationship consists of time home alone while her dad worked away on random job opportunities, only leaving a note and money for her to wake up too

Feeling more lost than ever, betray and broken by her now ex-best friend and her brother, the two people she thought would always have her back she starts to withdraw from the world and becomes a social

Henley –

Henley Bronx is a young girl slowly but surely transitioning into a young woman who longs to leave her hometown and all her past problems behind. Henley goes through life believing not only is she broken inside but that she is all alone in this cruel and unforgiving world.

She is convinced that she has her very own curse that she likes to refer to the ‘Henley Bronx Curse.’ She believe that no matter what good comes into her life, the curse will be sure to rip it away from her without a second thought.

Although she adores her father and loves him dearly, knowing that he does the best that he is capable of while knowing that he isn’t exactly the ‘father type’ or didn’t hold a ‘father’ gene in his body and as despite the time passing it seemed her father just never got hit with the ‘father bug’. So they function on a, (in Henley’s words) “effed up relationship” where he leaves her home alone a lot of the time while he travels away on business – checking in on her with phone calls and leaving her a note and money in the mornings when she wakes to an empty house, leaving her to take care of herself.

“These day’s, I guess it’s fair to say it’s more of a surprise when he’s home rather than waking up to find him gone.” – Henley, Untouchable (Haven Falls series – book 1)

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Being left alone at home never used to bother her as much when she had her best friend Kaylah around, however after a massive misunderstand that Kaylah leaves both Kaylah and Henley feeling betrayed for different reasons, she refused to listen to Henley and leaves Haven Falls with her brother, Jackson, without a word to Henley.

Feeling betrayed, confused, heart-break and more lost now than ever before she decides the best thing she could do is close herself off to people, and unintentionally became the school’s social pariah. But she bares it all through gritted teeth and an untouchable attitude.

I have to say that I personally didn’t relate to Henley’s character at all and I found it really hard to connect with her character while reading through this book. At the start it’s made clear that she’s used to looking at herself, that throughout her life there has only been one person who she could relay on… herself. It is clear that the author is going for a head strong, take no BS young woman however I feel as though this gets lost very quickly the instant she comes across Noah. Who we come across through chapter 2.

In seconds it seems as though she goes from needing no one, being strongly independent to needy and relaying on someone else who is near next a stranger to her despite them attending the same school for years. I really expected and wanted more from this character and although you get to see her ‘grow’ somewhat…it does all seem to be a tad…rushed.

Noah –

Noah is instantly introduced as the tattooed up, resident bad boy of Haven Falls and ruler of the school along with his ‘pack’. Tully the ‘silent assassin’ who is introduced to us as Noah’s twin sister and Rivers, Noah’s best friend, who no one seems to know much about, not even his first name.

Henley describes the three of them together as “fucking lethal” and “Unstoppable”.

Noah is the ‘Pack’ leader of the group, always up front and the ‘face’ of the group. Always the centre of attention, he makes it clear he likes it that way. He liked being looked at, being stared at, as he makes clear when he calls Henley out on staring and she points out his tattooed covered body.

Although, Noah, likes to come across as the unstoppable, fearless bad boy of Haven Falls we get to see other sides of him, as he so ever slowly starts to open up we slowly see a little of what made Noah who is today. He is filled with so many dark secrets that it’s a wonder none of them has consumed him whole.

We see why he appears so hardened and closed off from everyone but his ‘pack’ and see that really he is a boy that made bad and rash decisions based on a big heart that cared too much for everyone around him but himself.

With, Noah, holding so many dark secrets close to him, it makes him a hard character to trust even though author has found a way to make you want to trust him, even without knowing all his secrets.

Noah is a very confusing and hardened character much like his friend Rivers who seems more closed off than Noah which I had thought possible until it appeared that even the kids he walked around a school building with for years didn’t know his first name and only refereed to him by his last.

Noah’s motives are questionable from the moment he barges into Henley life and decides that he’s going to ‘adopt’ her into his little ‘pack’ after an incident occurred in school.

This is one of the first books I’ve read by Sheridan Anne,and even though there was a series before this called the Brooklyn Hill High series that has characters make an appearance in Haven Falls series, you don’t have to read the Brooklyn Hill High series to understand the Haven Falls series, although I do have plans to read the Brooklyn Hill High series to better understand Kaylah and Jackson characters as well as the others that made an appearance.

Although this series seems to focus a lot on Henley’s and Noah’s story, we do get little spinets of insight into Tully’s and Rivers life and I hope that the author does a novel that solely focuses on Rivers as I found his character to be the most intriguing.

I think the writing style could use a little more work as the writing does come across as a little immature and though I know this is directed at teenagers this isn’t something I would find being able to keep my interest simply due to the writing style that almost makes me feel as though the author thinks little of her readers.

With all that in mind I do see great potential here for a really amazing series and I’ve already read through most of the novels in this series already. As stated this is a fast-paced read and I found myself finishing the first book in one short sitting.

Untouchable (Haven Falls series - book one) by Sheridan Anne.

A book review by littletinkablee

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The Girl The Sea Gave Back by Adrienne Young

Before I start this post off I would like to give a big thank you to Titan Books for gifting me this beautiful copy in exchange for an honest review.

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The Girl The Sea Gave Back by Adrienne Young

I had actually received this book a while ago but due to my massive and forever growing TBR pile, deadlines, blog stuff, business (what I’m hoping will turn out into a business) stuff and life, it’s been a little difficult to find the time to get around to reading these days.

However, I have finally managed to find the time to pick this beautifully covered book up and…. well let’s just say I give this book an easy 4/5 stars.

Blurb


“Augua ór tivar. Ljá mir sýn
“Eye of the gods. Give me sight”

Adrienne Young – Author of: The Girl The Sea Gave Back
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The Girl the Sea Gave Back

For as long as she can remember, Tova has lived among the Svell, the people who found her washed ashore as a child and use her for her gift as a truthtongue. Her own home and Clan are long-faded memories, but the sacred symbols and staves inked over every inch of her skin mark her as one who can cast the rune stones and see into the future. She has found a fragile place among those who fear her, but when two clans to the east bury their age-old blood feud and join together as one, her world is dangerously close to collapse.

For the first time in generations, the leaders of the Swell are divided. should they maintain peace or go to war with the allied clans to protect their newfound powers? And when their chieftain looks to Tova to cast the stones, she sets into motion a series of events that will not only change the landscape of the mainland forever but will give her something she believed she could never have again – a home.

My review


I want to start by saying just how beautiful & memorising the cover of this book is, try as I might, I can’t help but be drawn to a flawlessly elegant covered book!

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The Girl the Sea Gave Back by Adrienne Young – Book review by littletinkablee

Truthtongue’s have the ability to cast the rune stones, allowing them to know the future just from reading the stones and Tova just so happens to be the only truthtongue to live among the Svell Clan, a place she has never truly felt at home.

Believing her people had sacrificed her to the Gods and that the sea had carried her to where the Svell Clansmen lived. Quickly releasing her “gift”, the Svell people use Tova’s gift of reading the rune stones to tell them the fate of their loved ones – the fate of their clan.

When there is suddenly threat of war ahead, the Svell leaders turn to Tova and her gift for answers, unknowingly setting in motions that would forever change the fate and outcome of not just her but everyone around her.

With the leaders within the Svell clan begin to divide themselves for the first time in generations – some wish to keep the peace with their allied clans, whilst others are head strong for war.

As the leaders waste precious time debating what is best for their clan, Tova encounters a handsome man who just so happens to belongs to the Nadhir Clan.

For reasons unknown to them, they instantly experience a strong sense of familiarity with one another but as hard as they try, they can’t seem to recall or understand why…

Once, Tova, decides to spare his life she then begins to question herself and her place among the Svell clans people and whether she even wanted to carry out their demands.

“War is easy. His words echoed in my mind.”

Will Tova ever find herself the home she so longingly dreams of? Will she be able to find the strength within herself to be able to change the fate of the clans?

All things you can find out, when you read this phenomenal book for yourself!

My thoughts


The Girl the Sea Gave Back, is the new standalone novel in “The sky in the deep series and is written from the first person perspective of both Halvard and Tova, as well as a few interesting and informative flashback chapters written in the 3rd person perspective.

Tova is an engrossing and layered character who comes off a little emotionally closed off and not just because of her gift of being a truthtongue.

Tova has been through more than most could probably handle, having had such an unsure and rocky upbringing, while trying to fit into a clan who makes their distaste for her very much known.

Tova is more than capable of handling a bow and arrow and truly begins to open herself up and reveal more of who she is after meeting Halvard.

Halvard (I found out) is a character from Adrienne Young’s first standalone novel ‘Sky in the Deep’ who is part of the Nadhir clan and whose character back story I couldn’t say I fully understood due to having read Sky in the Deep (which I have every intention of remedying soon!).

I really enjoyed reading from Tova’s POV because it really allowed me to connect with her character and her story more, however, I don’t believe that it could have worked or would have worked as well without the POV of Halvard, which I too really enjoyed.

I found the flashbacks did help shed a little light on both Tova’s and Halvard’s history before the events of this book took place which I did find to be rather helpful even if it doesn’t really reveal much otherwise and with that in mind as previously stated I plan to read, ‘Sky in the Deep’ in the hopes of understanding, ‘The Girl the Sea Gave Back’ in a different and more informed light.

The Girl the Sea Gave Back does start off as a lightly slow-paced novel that on a few occasions I did find myself almost loosing my interest/attention, however, halfway through the novel the pace did start to puck up/speed up and as it did, I found myself unable to put the book back down!

The Girl the Sea Gave back didn’t hold much action, which I honestly didn’t mind, I didn’t feel as though it took away the magic or thrill of reading through this mystical novel.

I found this standalone novel to be a incredibly intriguing read and I have to say that I loved the magical touch that the runes provided in this captivating novel. I was blown away by the fantastic and gripping writing quality as well as being left hang of my seat during one of the battle scenes. Adrienne Young beautiful writing style and talent for drawing her readers in has me excited for what she has in store for us next!

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World Mental Health Day – Suicide Prevention 2019

Today is ‘World Mental health Day’, a day where everyone from across the world has the opportunity to help raise awareness of mental health issues and advocate against all the social injustice and stigma that surrounds those who battle with mental health issues.

This day provides us all with the opportunity to join in and add to the wider conversation that is occurring on social media, television, Podcasts and elsewhere.

This is a great time to highlight the incredible work you or others have been doing in the hopes of helping to address the stigmas that surround mental health sufferers.

“Not all wounds are visible.”

This year for 2019 World Mental Health Day, a lot of people will be focusing on Suicide Prevention in the hopes of raising awareness for those suffering with suicidal thoughts, those who have already attempted suicide and those who have been affected by those who have committed suicide.

“But I do know that I spent a long time existing, and now, I intend to live.”

By Robyn Schneider

Suicide isn’t a widely talked about topic, it can be a very taboo subject to bring up as no one wants to talk about or be reminded of death. Which is understandable, however, ignoring it and not talking about it isn’t going to help those who need help, it won’t help you should you ever find yourself in such a situation and it won’t help anyone in the future. It won’t stop people from believing that is their only way out, that is the only way to fix what they believe can’t be fixed.

I wrote a post called ‘Depression and Suicidal thoughts’ where I open up a little about my long battle with depression and talk a little about suicidal thoughts. On 10th September was ‘World Suicide Prevention Day’, a post I wrote on suicide and where I opened up a little more about suicide and try to help join others in the fight to raise awareness.

“I’m not lazy. I’m just exhausted from fighting my way through every single day.”

BY: Mimi Love

Every year close to around 800,000 people globally take their own life and there are many, many more people out there who attempt suicide or have suicidal thoughts. Every suicide is a tragedy that affects everyone from families and friends, to the communities that they came from/have joined and has a terrible long-lasting affects on those people left behind.

It is the leading cause of death among young people aged 20-34 years in the UK and it is also the second leading cause of death among 15-29 year-old’s globally.

Today I would like everyone to take a little time out of their busy lives to check in on an old friend/family member/colleague.

Take a little time to research a little about suicide and ways you, yourself can help prevent it or help someone who is thinking about it.

“It’s so common, it could be anyone. The trouble is, nobody wants to talk about it. And that makes everything worse.”

By: Ruby Wax

A total of 6,507 suicides were registered by coroners in the UK – 11.2 per 100,000 people – in 2018, up 11.8% on the previous year, according to the Office for National Statistics. Concerns were raised after an increase in the rates of young people aged from 10 – 24 years old, killing themselves, with the overall rate for that age group reaching a 19 year high and the rate for young females reaching an all-time high.

It is more now than ever crucial for us all to step up and help raise awareness for Suicide Prevention while we can still make an impact and help. We all need a better understanding and more steps need to be put into place to help prevent another person from feeling as though their life means that little that they can snuff it out and rid themselves of this world without another thought, without consequence and without leaving a few people lost and broken.

A message Of Hope

I have had a lot of people around me commit suicide, some have failed…other’s succeeded in their plans. And being surrounded by so much darkness has only made me more determined to help shed a little light wherever I can.

As powerless as suicide likes to make us feel we ALL have the power to help someone, we all have the power to change someone’s bad day and make it a little better and more than anything we have the power to learn, to change and to help.

As Old As Time, Twisted Tales Book Review

One of my most treasured and favoured Disney films when I was younger, was (still is) Beauty and the Beast. It’s a story that I have always found myself drawn to and I have found myself reading many different versions of this tale.

Today I wanted to share with you my review of ‘As Old As Time’ – Twisted Tales by Liz Braswell.

My star rating for this book is an easy –

5/5 Stars.


What if Belle’s mother cursed the Beast?

As Old As Time - A Twisted Tale
As Old As Time – A Twisted Tale

Just from reading that one lined sentence had me wanting to buy the book and take a peak at it’s contents. What if Belle’s mother had indeed truly cursed the Beast herself? That would make the Beast’s and Belle’s life already entwined by fate.


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As Old As Time – A Twisted Tale

As Old As Time is the third instalment in the series of Disney-inspired retelling by an incredible author, Liz Braswell, that takes us further back to where it all began… with the parents.

What would you do if an old beggar woman showed up at your door step? Would you turn her away, or offer the shelter she so desperately seeks in reward for a singular rose?

Like most of us, the prince (also known as the beast) is moulded into a version, created from the more than questionable upbringing from his parents.

Like the prince, Belle, has fallen into a similar pattern. Taking from her parents their courage, kindness, and need to seek out more knowledge.

When secrets are discovered, and more truths come to the surface, Belle and the Beast must find away to save his loyal subjects before it’s all too late.

The other characters in the books are full of secrets and magic, of adventure and danger. With twists and turns lurking around almost every corner, will Belle and the Beast be able to save everyone in the castle before it’s too late? Or will the Beasts angry nature make Belle run for good?

My thoughts?


I honestly loved reading through this book. As a fan of beauty and the beast, I have tried to find many different versions of it and have to say this has to be one of my favourite reads.

From the second I picked up the book I didn’t want to set it back down, I found myself instantly immersed in this retelling of Beauty and the beast.

Belle’s character much like the original has a strong love for books and a passion for knowledge and is as courageous as ever.

The Prince was as uncaring and unflattering in his behaviour as expected but as he noticed the curse taking effect so did his paranoia and hatred.

Reading as Belle and ‘The Beast’ meet each other, discover secrets beyond their comprehension and overcome personal struggles all while learning to trust one another was truly gripping and the author had found away to suck me into the mind of Belle as she went about her new life, taking everything all in strides.

The character’s in this story are much like the ones in the original…just with a little twist and more.

I have also read ‘The Beast Within: A Tale of Beauty’s Prince by Serena Valentino and I can’t wait to share my review of that with you guys!

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As Old As Time – A Twisted Tale and The Beast Within

If you are a fan of Disney, love Beauty and the beast and love a little re-telling…then this could just be the book you’ve been looking for!

The Forbidden Forest – A short suspense story

I just wanted to out walk the storm, avoid arriving home in a sopping mess from a unpredictable storm that looked ready to rain hell on everyone in its path at any given moment.

I never wanted to get caught up in his world, I was content living in mine surrounded by my books. But it seemed fate had other plans for me, and I guess I wasn’t going to out walk that storm like planned…

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The forbidden forest

I was walking along the deserted road on a Monday, October evening, lost in thoughts of days pasted and days to come. With the Autumn wind blowing with the promise of an early storm and the rain clouds were looking angrier now than ever.

I left the Library half an hour earlier than I usually did, in the hopes of being able to out walk the storm before it hit and I knew if I kept up my pace, I may just make it before the storm throws down.

Still lost in my thoughts I had just neared the bend when I heard a bloodcurdling scream come from my left…it came from the forbidden forest that was sat there silent and hauntingly at me, almost as if it were mocking me with it’s eerie silence.

It was forbidden to walk through due to all the past animistic attacks, though no one had ever seen the animal in question, that caused the attacks. And some people even thought it was a monster or man turned into a monster that caused those attacks. No one lived through the attacks to tell the tale… so it all remains a mystery to those still living. Nothing for people to do but make up myths and stories in the hopes of keeping children from wandering through

It looked beautiful, but then again, any part of nature untouched by humans usually are breathtaking sights but nothing is as beautiful as the Forbidden Forest when it snows, as every branch and colour is blanketed in white.

A ripple of thunder echoed through the darkening sky making me wrap my arms around myself in the hopes of keep what little body heat I had left enclosed in the small space my body and coat provided.

I was debating on whether or not I should venture into the forest and find the source of that scream or to just ignore it and put it down as my overactive imagination and just go home, when another bloodcurdling scream came again.

Without another thought I changed the direction I had previously been wandering in and stepped foot into the forbidden forest and hoped for the life of me I wasn’t making the wrong decision.

The fallen leaves crackled and crunched beneath my black boots, the only sounds that now greeted my cold tipped ears. The wind seemed to have stopped and the clouds looked ready to rain a storm down on me. I took a deep breath and then jumped as another clap of thunder echoed sounding even louder than before this time accompanied by a quick flash of lightening.

And then…nothing. The sound of crunching leaves where the only things to greet my ears once again. I was starting to question whether I had really heard that scream or if it was actually all in my head. Who would even be out here anyway? And if there was someone here, something bad was/had clearly happened to them, so what could I do? Was I just walking straight into danger? Maybe I should have turned back to the library and phoned the police?

All questions I probably should have asked before walking into the Forbidden Forest alone. Well it was too late for any of that now. Just when I was giving up all hope in finding the cause of that scream I tripped over something, landing hard on my knee’s and spraining one of my wrist as I threw my hands in front of me, trying to brace myself for the impact of the fall.

Clutching my now injured wrist to my chest I sat up and swung my body to look behind me, to find what it was that I had tripped over and froze.

The thing that I had so clumsily fell over while trying to look around at my surroundings looked to be someones limb…a leg to be exact…

It was covered up well with leaves, mud, moss and whatever debris was hidden on the ground that made it hard to tell if that leg had a companion or if it was there solo.

She honestly didn’t want to find out but something in her was pushing her forward, making her move, making her want to find out more and so she slowly started to crawl towards to body with one arm slowly reaching out to touch the leg….

To be continued…..

I hope you all enjoyed this little short expert of completely random and made up on the spot suspense story.

What did you think? I’d love to hear you’re thoughts on my writing and if I should continue this on maybe?

Goodbye Purple Hair

If you follow me on my Facebook page, twitter or Instagram them I’m sure you are all aware of my love for purple and more so my purple hair.

Purple was the first EVER colour I went when I was finally allowed to dye it and I fell in love with it. I never really had a favourite colour I just used to really like black, red, purple, silver and gold at the time, all equally. But then as my love for the other colours faded into the background, my love for purple never.

I have dyed my hair MANY colours over the last 8 or so years and Also find myself going back to purple. I used to try and fall back on red but I’ve decided that’s my bad luck hair colour and I don’t think I will ever go red ever again.

The last couple of months have been tough on me mentally as I’m trying to adjust to a new body change, while still trying to adjust to this new, healthier lifestyle I’ve set for myself and decided a change in colour was needed before I dyed my hair a different purple.

I’ve pretty much have been every colour other than Orange, Yellow and grey/silver and since we are in Autumn I thought I would throw out my fears of what I would look like with orange hair and finally dyed my hair orange!

I won’t lie, I had WAYYYY more confidence when I dyed my hair electric green back when I was in collage than I did when I dyed my hair orange. But the results? I’m pleasantly surprised! I actually really love it and I think I’m going to stay orange for a while (and not just because my hair needs a major break/time to heal).

As nervous as I was, I’m now happy to say, “Goodbye, purple!”

I’m feeling very Autumnal now with my orange hair.

Do you have dyed hair? Or maybe want to dye your hair? Comment below as I’d love to know!

World Smile Day

4th October 2019 is World Smile Day and this October I want to challenge everyone to continue World Smile Day for a WHOLE week!

What is World Smile Day, you ask?


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World Smile Day all began with one man, Harvey Ball. Harvey Ball is known well throughout the world as a commercial artist from Worcester, Massachusetts who then went on to birth the smiley symbol in 1963.

That image went on to become one of the most recognisable symbol of good cheer and faith on the planet. Eventually Harvey become concerned about the over-commercialisation of his symbol, and how it’s original meaning/intent had become lost throughout constant repetition of the marketplace.

With those concerns in mind, he came up with the idea of World Smile Day. His intents were clear… He thought everyone should devote ONE day each year to smiles and acts of kindness throughout the world.

The smiley face holds no hate, no negativity, no animosity, no fear… and Harvey’s idea was that for one day each year, neither should we. He declared that the first Friday in October each year would hence forth be World Smile Day.

What can you do?


Good question. You can wear that amazing smile you keep hiding!

Smiling is simple way to spread happiness and cheer throughout the day. Smiles are contagious and by smiling at others around you, we all can share a positive impact on the world. So what are you waiting for? Start smiling!

Send a positive note or card to a friend/family member.


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Sometimes the best way we can make someone smile is to send them a thoughtful card/ motivational note. Let the reason for someone’s smile be because of your kind words and thoughtful gestures.

Do a good deed.


Part of celebrating World Smile Day is doing something that elicits smiles through our actions. One of the most powerful ways of communication and a great way to spread those smiles is through our actions and doing something nice for others. Consider volunteering your time somewhere or maybe help a friend out with a favour no matter how big or small, or finally schedule some much needed family time! Our actions have always spoken louder than our words.

How will you make someone smile this World Smile Day?

I hope you all enjoyed reading through my post. It’s out on my blog a little later because someone forgot to schedule her finished posts… yup, that someone’s me. So I still have to find a little time to go through them and throw them on a schedule.

Autumn/October Quotes

I don’t know about you but I for one love quotes!

You can find a quote on pretty much anything these days and there are so many amazing, inspiring and captivating quotes that I write down daily in the hopes of applying a little bit of knowledge into my own life.

I have two (almost 3) books FULL to the brim with quotes that I have been collecting since I was 14 and I thought today I would share some of my Autumn/October quotes with you all that I personally loved for one reason or another.

Autumn Quotes

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Autumn Days

Autumn shows us how beautiful it is to let things go.

I love this quote a lot because there have been a lot of things that I have needed to let go of in order to carry out my future the way I want. There have been people I have had to loose, emotions I’ve had to overcome and a lot of negative energy that I had to learn to let go of.

Autumn is as joyful and sweet as an untimely end.

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A walk in the park

Autumn is the hardest season. The leaves are all falling, and they’re falling like they’re falling in love with the ground.

Andrea Gibson

Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the Autumn tree.

Emily Bronte

Notice that Autumn is more the season of the soul than of nature.

Friedrich Nietzche

I hope I can be the Autumn leaf, who looked at the sky and lived. And when it was time to leave, gracefully it knew life was a gift.

Dodinsky

The heart of Autumn must have broken here, and poured it’s treasure upon the leaves.

Charlott Bates

Autumn is the season to find contentment at home by paying attention to what we already have.

And the sun took a step back, the leaves lulled themselves to sleep and Autumn was awakened.

Raquel Franco

I can smell Autumn dancing in the breeze. The sweet chill of pumpkin, and crisp sun burnt leaves.

Ann Drake

Autumn is the mellower season, and what we lose in flowers we more than gain in fruits.

Samuel Butler

Autumn carries more gold in its pocket than all the other seasons.

Jim Bishop

No Spring nor Summer beauty hath such grace as I have seen in one autumnal face.

John Donne

And All at once, Summer collapsed into fall.

Oscar Wilde

Dancing of the Autumn leaves on a surface of a lake is a dream we see when we are awake.

Mehmet Murat Ildan

A fallen leaf is nothing more than a Summer’s wave goodbye.

Unkown

The tree’s are about to show us how lovely it is to let the dead things go.

Unknown

Anyone who thinks fallen leaves are dead has never watched them dancing on a windy day.

Shira Tamir

Wild is the music of the autumnal winds amongst the faded woods.

William Wordswoth

Fall has always been my favourite season. The time when everything burst with its last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale

Lauren Destefano

Autumn mornings; Sunshine and crisp air, birds and calmness, year’s end and day’s beginnings.

Terri Guillemets

Autumn leaves are falling, filling up the street; golden colours on the lawn, nature’s trick or treat.

Rusty Fischer

There is something incredibly nostalgic and significant about the annual cascade of Autumn leaves.

Joe L. Wheeler

Listen! The win is rising, and the air is wild with leaves, we have had our Summer evenings, now for October eves.

Humbert Wolfe

Autumn… the year’s last loveliest smile.

William Cullent Bryant

Steam rising underneath a canopy of whispering, changing aspens; Starlight in the clear, dark night, and wondrous beauty in every direction. If only all could feel this way, to be so captured and enthralled with Autumn.

Donna Lynnn Hope

It was a beautiful bright Autumn day, with air like cider and a sky so blue you could drown in it.

Diana Gabaldon, Outlander

October Quotes


October’s poplars are flaming torches lighting the way to Winter.

Nova Blair

October is the fallen leaf, but it is also a wider horizon more clearly seen. It is the distant hills once more in sight, and the enduring constellations above them once again.

Hal Borland

October had the tremendous possibility. The summer’s oppressive heat was a distant memory, and the golden leaves promised the world full of beautiful adventures. They made me believe in miracles.

Sara Guillory

October was the least dependable of months… full of ghosts and shadows.

Joy Fielding

Let’s spark up October and make it better than September.

Uknown

The end of Summer is not the end of the world. Here’s to October….

A. A. Milne

October is crisp days and cool nights, a time to curl up around the dancing flames and sink into a good book.

John Sinor

October is a symphony of permanence and change.

Bonaro W. Overstreet

October is the opal month of the year. It is the mouth of glory, of ripeness. It is the picture month.

Henry Ward Beecher

Bittersweet October. The mellow, messy, leaf-kicking, perfect pause between the opposing miseries of Summer and Winter.

Carol Bishop Hipps

I wish every day was Saturday and every month was October.

Charmaine J. Forde

Ah, lovely October, as you usher in the season that awakens my soul, your awesome beauty compels my spirit to soar like a leaf caught in an Autumn breeze and my heart to sing like a heavenly choir.

Peggy Toney Horton

It must be October, the trees are falling away and showing their true colours.

Charmaine J. Forde

He loved October. Had always loved it. There was something sad and beautiful about it – the ending and beginning of things.

Jacqueline Woodson, If you come softly

I hope you have enjoyed these quotes and please feel free to add your favourites down in the comments!